Thursday, 26 June 2014

ITO World unveil radical new data tool at Transport Systems Catapult Imagine Festival

ITO World previewed a radical new data visualisation tool it is developing for transport professionals at a major industry event in Milton Keynes.  The two-week Imagine Festival was organised by the Government’s Transport Systems Catapult initiative to explore the concept of “intelligent mobility” within the future of transport policy and planning.

ITO World revealed the first details of a new business intelligence aid developed to help planners, policy makers, operators and modelers understand how transport networks function at present, how they have performed in the past and how they might operate in the future.  

The platform, which will be available to the industry later this year, will provide transport professionals with the power to interrogate and explore big datasets, visualise models, identify and report key trends, explore and diagnose causal factors and report on and share the resulting insights gained.

A demonstration of some of the tool’s capabilities featured in a video which was shown at the festival, presenting real-time, “action replay” and infographic views of the strategic road network − the results of the initial stage of a collaboration between ITO World and the Transport Systems Catapult.

Google introduces comprehensive GB public transport journey planning

You may well have noticed Google’s recent announcement that they are now offering comprehensive GB public transport journey planning through Google Maps.  This latest initiative is their largest single integration of transit data anywhere in the world to date.

ITO World is proud to have been a key data partner in this project, with a role in refining, augmenting and customising the Traveline TNDS data in order to meet Google’s requirements.

We believe this is an important step forward for all of us and for people wishing to travel. It will ensure that GB public transport information is easily accessed by millions of people via their computers and mobile devices on a daily basis. Media coverage of the launch has been extensive and it was the top story on BBC’s technology news for most of the week: